On The Peloponnese - Greece's legendary peninsula (mareTV)
|Genre||Factual | Travel & Adventure|
|Produktion||nonfictionplanet for NDR|
Even the Romans used to rave about the peninsula that protrudes into the Mediterranean, south of the mainland and is often referred to as Heart of Greece: The Pelopon-nese. Secluded beaches, huge mountains and ancient, his-toric sites like Mycenae, Sparta or Olympia make the Pelo-ponnese absolutely unique. Jannis Gavrillis nurtures a grape variety that has become both a delicacy and an export hit: the Corinth. When cleaning the grapes, Jannis uses a manual jogging machine in the way it has been done for 150 years. Argiris Barbounis is the train driver of the Odontotos rack railway. Its route takes in mountain ranges, bridges without railings and waterfalls. The 22-kilometre-long journey is considered to be the most beautiful in Greece. But it is nothing but hard work for Argiris: he has to change the points by hand himself and the bridge and tunnel structures of the route, the operation of which began in 1896, require heightened focus. In the village of Leonidio, hundreds of paper balloons rise into the night sky, the highlight of a custom brought from Asia by local sailors.